Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About ‘American Chopper’

Published on February 13, 2018

For six full seasons of American Chopper, we all watched with bated breath to follow Paul Teutul, Sr. and son Paul Jr. and their sick custom choppers (also known as motorcycles – but you knew that). The show aired from 2003 to 2010, and allowed us a glimpse into the crew’s family drama, amazing engineering, and even some laughs on the side. The show got heated at some points, and even led to several spin-offs. Feel like reminiscing and maybe learning something new about the OCC team? Read on for some little-known behind the scenes drama.

American Chopper: First Of Its Kind

Now, reality TV is super common – you can’t flip through the channels without seeing reality shows of every kind. But back in 2003, American Chopper was one of the first. It was filled with family drama, intense language, and heated arguments – and best of all, none of it was scripted! The audience was hooked.

Set The Stage

American Chopper

Drinking Problem

After 15 years of addiction, Paul Sr.’s wife urged him to go to rehab and he acquiesced. But he’s not the only one in the family with addiction issues. Both of his sons also have substance problems, and Paul Jr. even went to rehab at the young age of 16.

A History Of Drinking